About

Background
Since the mid 1990s, Dr Julie Grail has been a leading expert in partnership and place management.
Julie has been involved in managing places for over two decades, including managing the market towns of Frome and Glastonbury in Somerset (1995 to 1996); the establishment of the town centre company in Kingston (1996 to 2001); leading the first BID pilot programme ‘The Circle Initiative’ in central London (2001 to 2005); establishing and leading the first regional BIDs programme 'London BIDs' (2004 to 2011); founder and Managing Director of the BID consultancy 'Partnership Solutions' (2004 to 2014); and as founder and Chief Executive of the national BID organisation 'British BIDs' (2006 to 2015).

Her industry influence includes being leading contributor to the original BID legislation; leading author of the Property Owner BID model; originator of the government's BID Loan Fund; founder of the Bb BID Accreditation system; founder and course leader of the Bb BID Academy (2012 to 2015); founder and lead researcher of the annual Nationwide BID Survey (2006 to 2015); author of the Government published Local Authority Guide on BIDs (2015).  Julie regularly presents on BIDs at regional, national and international level and is a leading commentator on the subject of BIDs, Partnerships and Place Management.
 
Julie's academic background is a BSc Hons in Land Management from De Montfort University and a PhD in Urban Governance from the University of Sheffield.
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HIGHLIGHTS
SUCCESS IN NUMBERS
2017
Presented at Local Economic Development Masterclass at ATEED Auckland, New Zealand

2016
​Presented on BIDs in Santiago de Chile as part of a UCL academic team

2015
Presented at the London Assembly Scrutiny Committee on BIDs
 
2015
Presented TED-style at the ISCS Next Gen Live Global Conference in London
 
2014/2015
Led the Government Review of BIDs on behalf of the BID Industry

2013
Presented on behalf of the UK BID movement at the International Downtown Association World Congress in New York
 
2012/2013/2014
Presented at MAPIC in Cannes
 
2013/2014
Member of the Government Leadership Group within the Future High Streets Forum

2011
Presented at the Urban Land Institute Global Conference in Paris

2011
Presented at the inaugural Moscow Urban Forum in Russia
2009/2010/2011
Ran the London Mayor's Awards for BIDs
 
2008
Presented at the House of Commons Select Committee on Business Rate Supplement on behalf of the BID industry

2004-2011
Ran the first Regional BIDs Programme 'London BIDs'
 
2004
Ran the Intermational BIDs Week Conference in London with expert speakers from around the globe
 
2002-2004
Sat on the Government Working Group to develop the BID Legislation for the UK
 
2002
Presented at the Government's Urban Summit in Birmingham

2001-2005
Led the first UK BID Pilot Programme 'The Circle Initiative' based in central London

1996-2001
Set up the Kingston Town Centre Management company, which became the first UK BID
 
 
 
Over 130 BIDs supported since 2004
 
100% record at first and renewal ballots
 
 
EXPERTISE
Julie's knowledge and expertise of both the strategic aspects and the intricate detail of BIDs, enables her to provide support at many different levels and to different audiences. 
 
Whether it be a one-off team or board facilitation day; ongoing technical or coaching support; review, evaluation or restructuring; or specific discreet projects of a development, production or delivery nature.  
 
Julie will always deliver on time, to budget and with an exceptional eye for detail.